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Disappointed Warriors agree to foot bill for championship parade

The Golden State Warriors have finally agreed to foot the bill for the team’s championship parade last June. But it’s clear the Warriors are not happy about it.

After months of negotiations between the team and the city of Oakland, the Warriors on Thursday issued a passive-aggressive statement announcing the organization would pay $786,988 for the parade that celebrated a convincing five-game victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2017 NBA Finals.

The statement reads, as transcribed by Ball Don’t Lie:

“Out of an abundance of goodwill toward the city of Oakland, the Warriors have agreed to cover the entirety of the city’s revised estimated costs from this summer’s NBA Championship parade — despite the fact that the revised amount of $786,988 is more than double the $300,000 estimate the Warriors were provided by the city in the lead-up to the parade.

“This amount comes on top of the nearly $6 million the Warriors have already spent to produce two victory parades in Oakland; most American cities cover the majority of the expenses associated with victory parades.

“We have made this decision despite our disappointment with the process and the large disparity between the two estimates.”

The impasse between the Warriors and Oakland over the parade tab stems in part from Warriors owner Joe Lacob announcing on the day of the parade that the team would foot the bill, as Oakland currently is facing serious economic issues.

The city of Oakland expressed gratitude to the Warriors with a statement of its own (via CSN Bay Area).

“Today, the Golden State Warriors made good on their public promise to pay the City of Oakland for hosting the team’s 2017 Championship parade. The City is grateful for the $786,998 payment, which offsets all taxpayer costs it took to provide Police, Fire, and Public Works personnel to staff such a massive public event. The parade was a safe and joyous community occasion for generations of Oaklanders, and the City appreciates the Warriors’ financial investment—few professional franchises can boast such a commitment to their home city.”

Hopefully now that this matter is settled the Warriors and Oakland can put the bad blood in the past.